Arthur Becker-Weidman is the Founder and Director of the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute. Dr. Becker-Weidman received his MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Child Study. He has achieved Diplomat Status in Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is a Registered Clinician with ATTACh.org - Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children. He has been treating the families of adoptive and foster children for over two decades. As Director of the Center for Family Development
he consults with Department’s of Social Services, Residential Treatment Centers, and Mental Health Clinics throughout the US, Canada, Singapore, and Internationally.
He was on the Board of Directors for ATTACh
, the Association for the Treatment and Training in Attachment of Children, serving as Vice President for Clinical issues and as a member of the Research and Training Committees and as chair of the Registration Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of NY APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) and is Treasurer. He co-chairs the Mental Health Committee of the national APSAC and is an adjunct clinical professor at the State University of NY at Buffalo, Medaille College, and Adjunct Faculty at the Universidad Catolica De Murica, Spain. Dr. Becker-Weidman is a Certified Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
and Attachment-Focused Therapy. He is the Founder and Director of the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute.
Dr. Becker-Weidman’s work has focused on the evaluation and treatment of adopted and foster children and their families, Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol Related Neurological Dysfunction (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FAS), and Disorders of Attachment. He provides training and workshops to parents and professionals across the U.S. and internationally. He has consulted with the Canadian government in Ontario and with the government of Singapore.
The results of an empirical study demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach he practices, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, can be found in several other publications in professional peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Becker-Weidman regularly presents at international and national conferences. He consults with therapists, parents, and several child treatment agencies, school districts, departments of social services, and governments in the Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia, Singapore, the UK, and the US.
He has published over a dozen papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented at numerous international, regional, and local professional meetings. He also has four DVD’s to his credit, “Principles of Attachment Parenting
,” (2006); “Assessing Children with Complex Trauma and Attachment Disorder,
” (2008); "Assessing Caregiver Reflective Capacity, Commitment, Insightfulness, and Sensitivity
" (2010), and "Introduction to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy,
" with Dr. Hughes (2010). He is the co-editor of the book, "Creating Capacity for Attachment
", published by Wood ‘N’ Barnes in 2005, second printing 2008 and "Attachment Parenting"
, Jason Aronson, 2010. Dr. Becker-Weidman is author of the books, "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Essential Practices and Methods
", Jason Aronson, 2010, which is a treatment manual describing the principles, components, and phases of treatment and the "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Casebook
See Curriculum Vitae